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Another Man's Poison (1951)

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In an isolated house, mystery writer Janet Frobisher is involved in potentially murderous relationships.

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Janet Frobisher
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Dr. Henderson
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Larry Stevens
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Chris Dale
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Mr. Bigley
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Mystery writer Janet Frobisher lives alone in a dark English country house, when she's not philandering with her secretary's fiancée. At an extremely awkward moment, she has an unwelcome visitor: George Bates, who claims to be the partner in crime of Janet's estranged husband. George insinuates himself into Janet's home and life despite her efforts to get rid of him; the tangled relationships develop into a macabre, murderous cat-and-mouse game. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She Had Everything You Could Give A Woman To Torment A Man!

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6 January 1952 (USA)  »

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Gift für den Anderen  »

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Janet Frobisher: You have much more than that but it is obvious you do not know how to use it.
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Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish
Used instrumentally (character Janet plays record)
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Recommend for tight structure
5 February 2006 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

I appreciate this terse movie's smart script, staging, and tight editing, especially upon second viewing. Of course the nosy neighbor veterinarian serves mainly as a plot vehicle, but the role is well acted. Gary Merrill's George Bates seems lacking some refinement of expression. He plays it like an open book, and makes Bates a totally sympathetic character. The story hinges on the power plays between Bates and devious Janet as, chained together by their crimes, they struggle for the upper hand via her scheming and his brute force. Their tortured relationship could have a plausible chance for success, given the plot circumstances, but the secretary's fiancé Larry is in the way, creating a tension that draws the characters to the unhappy climax. Davis is in good form, and this is an entertaining film.

Since there is a finite number of Bette Davis films available for viewing in 2006, one has to value each for what it is. Although "Poison" may not be in her top 10, Davis is the master, and it is infinitely preferable to experience it than not.


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